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January 10, 2023

221st Stopped Pick-Pocket: "Mexico City Pick-Pocketers Thwarted"

Mexico ›   Mexico City ›   North America ›  

mexico city

Editor's Note: This is your 3rd stopped pick-pocket in Mexico. Adam's testimonial came via a ***** Review for his Adventure Traveler Pants.

December 21, 2021

193rd Stopped Pick-Pocket: Playa Del Carmen Pick-Pockets Pooh-Poohed!

Mexico ›   North America ›   Playa Del Carmen ›  

Editor's Note: This is your second known stopped pick-pocket attempt in Mexico, and your second stop in Playa Del Carmen.

Dear Clothing Arts,

I have been targeted by an older guy in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The scam is he sprays a brownish substance on your back, shorts, and legs. He then claims it is bird poop. (Believe me you don't feel a thing when he does this) As he "helps" you to clean it off with some tissues he robs you in the process.

His female accomplice pulls the same scam on the ladies. They clean you out. Wallets, Passports, Billfolds, Phones, and Purses. Well, when he targeted me he got absolutely nothing. Zip, Nada, Bugger all. My Clothing Arts Shorts stopped him in his tracks, NOTHING was taken. Thanks Team.

And just a random thought, Bird Poop is usually white !! :o)

Best Regards,
Alan S. from Tukwila, Washington​

January 10, 2019

2018 Honorable Mention Round Up!

italy ›   Mexico ›  

Not Quite a Stopped Pick-Pocket, Not Quite a Typical Travel Day...

Editor's Note: Sometimes pick-pockets and would be pick-pockets are simply deterred by our travelwear and not actually caught red-handed. We refer to these as honorable mentions. Here are our honorable mentions for 2018.

Venice Pick-Pocket Proof Pocket Admirers!

Dear Clothing Arts,
Prior to our trip from California to Italy, I purchased 3 pairs of Clothing Arts Pick-Pocket Proof Pants. I wore them everywhere as I felt secure and they were very comfortable.
I was traveling in Venice on a Vaporetto (water bus) on my way to the train station from my hotel. I was obviously a tourist as I had my luggage and a backpack with me. The Vaporetto was very crowded with people standing very close to each other, which was prime for pick-pockets.  
I looked over at two young men standing next to me and they were speaking Italian which I didn't understand, but I did understand they were talking about me when one of the men nodded to the other then he pointed to my pants. He said (in Italian) something then pulled his shirt down to cover his pockets. They both laughed. He pointed to me and my pants and shook his head to his friend. They both laughed again.
While there was no attempt at being pickpocketed, I believe the appearance of these pants stopped any potential attempt. I'm sure these guys have done this before.
A couple of days later I was entering the Ufizzi Gallery in Florence. Security scanned me and said, "what's in your pocket?". After opening the clasp, the zipper and the Velcro ( and slowing down the line), I pulled out my wallet. She then asked what was in my other pocket, and I told her it was another wallet for my US dollars. She didn't want me to go through the same slow process so she just rolled her eyes and waved me through.
The pants are great and comfortable, but one has to remember to use all the safety features...keep them on the inside pocket protected by either Velcro or the zipper plus use the outside zipper AND the flap closure.
- Bill W . from California, USA.
Mexico City Maybe Bump and Grabs!
Dear Clothing Arts,
I felt ‘bumped’ in crowds in Mexico City a few times. I cannot know for certain if they were robbery attempts, but I was glad to have my traveling pants on.
- Dana K. from Florida, USA.

July 11, 2014

11th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Securing My Pockets in Mexico

Mexico ›   North America ›   Playa Del Carmen ›  

Dear Clothing Arts:

I just want to tell you how amazing your pickpocket proof shorts are. I wore them to a club in Playa Del Carmen last night. I was drugged in the club around 2am and my friend had to help me walk. On the way out the girls (working for the people that drugged me we think) started feeling up my friend and I and it turned out they were emptying our pockets.

My friend had his iPhone 5 stolen. I had my wallet with credit card, lots of cash, passport, and iPhone 5 on me, and they weren't able to get a thing. I woke up with all my possessions :)

Thank you so much

Dan from North Carolina